Climate

Beijing To Shut Down Heavy Polluters During Games
May 31, 2007 12:00 AM - Nick Mulvenney, Reuters

Beijing will shut down smoke-belching factories and ban thousands of cars from city streets to improve air quality during next year's Olympic Games, a senior city official said on Thursday.

U.S. Rejects EU Emission Reductions
May 30, 2007 12:00 AM - David Rising, Associated Press

The United States rejects the European Union's all-encompassing target on reduction of carbon emissions, President Bush's environmental adviser said Tuesday.

China Shrugs Off EU Calls for Climate Change Action
May 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Reuters

China shrugged off on Tuesday calls from the European Union to take more action on climate change, saying it was still a developing country and it was up to industrialised nations to shoulder more responsibility.

Rich Must Pay Bulk of Climate Change Bill, Oxfam Says
May 29, 2007 12:00 AM - Jeremy Lovell, Reuters

Coping with the ravages of global warming will cost $50 billion a year, and the rich nations who caused most of the pollution must pay most of the bill, aid agency Oxfam said on Tuesday.

British Swimmer Plans Record Cold North Pole Swim
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - John Joseph, Reuters

A British adventurer is planning to highlight the effects of global warming by becoming the first person to swim at the North Pole and break his own record for the coldest swim.

Climate To Push Up Australian Power Costs, Study Shows
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - James Grubel, Reuters

Electricity prices could rise by up to 75 percent from 2020 if Australia's government refuses to take strong climate change action and set up a carbon trading system, Australia's Climate Institute said on Monday.

Manual Lawn Mowers Are Making a Comeback
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Don Babwin, Associated Press

Powerful, loud mowers have been showing lawns who's boss for decades. But now contraptions that couldn't cut butter without a good shove are quietly -- really quietly -- making a comeback.

Trouble Brews in Germany as Biofuel Boom Jacks Up Price of Beer
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press

In the last two years, the price of barley has doubled to euro200 (US$271) from euro102 per ton as farmers plant more crops such as rapeseed and corn that can be turned into ethanol or bio-diesel, a fuel made from vegetable oil.

Do Trees Make It OK to Drive an SUV?
May 28, 2007 12:00 AM - Michael Hill, Associated Press

If you plant some trees, is it OK to drive an Escalade? The question isn't as silly as it sounds. People worried about global warming increasingly are trying to "offset" the carbon dioxide _ the leading greenhouse gas _ they spew into the atmosphere when they drive, fly or flick on a light.

Costa Rica Aims To Win Carbon Neutral Nation Race
May 25, 2007 12:00 AM - John McPhaul, Reuters

Green trail-blazer Costa Rica is drawing up plans to cut its net greenhouse gas emissions to zero before 2030, the government said Thursday, and aims to be the first nation to offset all its carbon.

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